Archive for July, 2012

scuba diving centers cape town


What to look for when looking for a scuba diving center in Cape Town. Well make sure the center is registered and that the staff are all qualified. How long have the Instructors been teaching and check the scuba gear they hire, you will be able to see if it is falling apart even if you are a novice. How long have the Instructors been at the shop.  At scuba diving sa we pride ourseleves on having had years of diving experience in the local area, knowledge and understanding of the seas. So if you are thinking of scuba diving in Cape Town let us know

diving courses cape town


This week we are holding an entry level Padi open water diving course, staring on Friday. The diving course is in Cape Town. On completion of the Padi open water course you will be able to dive to a max depth of 18 meters. The course takes 3 days to complete, on the basis the theory and dvd’s are watched a few evenings in the lesuire of your own home first.



scuba diving Cape Town


The scuba diving in Cape Town is great at the moment, inspite of the winter weather. The last few days the viz has been great and the sea flat. Scuba diving in Cape Town is diverse and memorable. On every dive there is so much to see. In every nook and cranny, some Marine life. The Kelp forests are a place of eternal beauty and peace and home to so many species of different Marine life. So if you are thinking of scuba diving in the Cape, dont hesitate to ask for more information and help.

dive shops cape town


There are many different types of wetsuits found in dive shops in cape town; this is due to the variations in thickness, material and style of wetsuit. It can be confusing when purchasing your first wetsuit, or even your second, third and fourth! We have compiled a list of different types of wetsuits you may come across. So if you need advice on what type of wetsuit you need contact us.

Spring suit

A spring wetsuit has either full length legs with a short sleeve top or long sleeve top with short length legs. It will be one or the other, but not both.

Long john wetsuit

It is essentially a spring wetsuit with the wetsuit covering your whole legs but without sleeves.

Short john wetsuits

A short john wetsuit has no sleeves and is short in the legs.

Shorty wetsuit

The shorty wetsuit has short sleeves and short legs.

Wetsuit top

A wetsuit top is exactly what it sounds like, it covers you from the waist upwards, and it can have either short sleeves or long sleeves and is made from a very thin layer of neoprene, usually around 0.5mm-1.5mm.

Wetsuit vest

Is more or less the same as a wetsuit top however in comes in varying thickness, usually thicker than a wetsuit top. It differs from the wetsuit top in that it has no sleeves.


People often mistake rashguards for a type of thin wetsuit. This is not the case; it is there to be worn either under your wetsuit to make entering and exiting your wetsuit easier, sun protection and rashes. Rashguards are made from Lycra.


A full wetsuit is made from neoprene and covers your entire body from ankles and wrists up. Full wetsuits range in thicknesses from 2mm to 9mm depending on the conditions of the water.


Drysuits are designed to prevent water from entering the suit at all. This is in contrast to the wetsuit which allows a thin layer of water to get in. Dry suits are suitable for very cold water generally below 15 degrees.

Polar fleece

Polar fleece is a type of material which is used in many wetsuits to help increase insulation, it is used for waters where you may need extra thermal protection.

Semi dry suits

Semi dry suits are essentially a thicker wetsuit with more effective seals at the wrists, neck and ankle. The semi wetsuit does not stop water from getting in however the water that enters heats up which keeps the person inside the wetsuit warm.

Vest with hood

A vest with an inbuilt hood is made from the same material as a wetsuit and helps retain the heat which comes out of your head.

As well as wetsuits on their own, there are other additional pieces of clothing which can provide added protection from cold water. These include wetsuit gloves, wetsuit hoods, and wetsuit boots.